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Go Out and Play!

By Judy Harvey
Naperville Sun
August 26, 2014

Go Out and Play!

A National Wildlife Federation report highlights just what little time American kids spend outdoors nowadays and the negative impacts this has on their health. Fortunately, efforts are being made, both at a local and national level, to facilitate sustained opportunities to get young people out in nature. [+]

Local Spotlight: Urban Blazers Help Kids Explore Nature

By Linh Kostiuk
Green Philly Blog
August 21, 2014

Local Spotlight: Urban Blazers Help Kids Explore Nature

Since 2005, the organization Urban Blazers has been helping middle school students from Philly's under-resourced neighborhoods discover the city's hiking trails, parks and natural areas. [+]

Children Need Free Play, but Are ‘Unschoolers’ Giving Them Too Much?

By Hanna Kozlowska
New York Times
August 24, 2014

Children Need Free Play, but Are ‘Unschoolers’ Giving Them Too Much?

The increasingly popular method of parenting known as "unschooling" continues to be a hot-button discussion topic. While it's proven that free play is crucial to a child's development, is there such a thing as too much? How will unschooled children fare as adults in the structured world? [+]

My Edible Classroom Gives Deprived New York Kids a Reason to Attend School

By Matthew Jenkin
The Guardian UK
August 20, 2014

My Edible Classroom Gives Deprived New York Kids a Reason to Attend School

South Bronx schoolteacher Stephen Ritz began a pioneering project to farm plants and vegetables indoors at Discovery High School. The school's edible walls and corridors gave birth to what is known today as the Green Bronx Machine, a program that helps other schools implement their own agricultural programs. [+]

Poll: Most Americans Want to Criminalize Pre-Teens Playing Unsupervised

By Lenore Skenazy
Reason.com
August 20, 2014

Poll: Most Americans Want to Criminalize Pre-Teens Playing Unsupervised

As the debate on unsupervised play continues, a new poll finds that most Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised. What does this say about our culture and the way we view our children? [+]

A New Twist On Book Clubs

By Stephanie Burns
Forbes
August 13, 2014

A New Twist On Book Clubs

Entrepreneur, outdoor enthusiast and bookworm Jill Hinton has come up with something truly unique with Outdoor Book Club, an organization that pairs outdoor adventure tours with lively literary discussion carried out over shared meals and a roaring campfire. [+]

Youth Learn About U.S. Forest Service Careers

By Megan O' Hara
Wilderness Inquiry
July 07, 2014

Youth Learn About U.S. Forest Service Careers

Wilderness Inquiry, the U.S. Forest Service and the YWCA of St. Paul have partnered to take youth from their IMPACT program to Superior National Forest for a unique educational experience in nature. This program is also designed to teach young people about jobs in the Forest Service. [+]

Secretary Jewell To Visit Acadia National Park To Highlight Science And Youth

By NPT Staff
National Parks Traveler
August 14, 2014

Secretary Jewell To Visit Acadia National Park To Highlight Science And Youth

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently visited Acadia National Park as part of an ambitious youth initiative to get young people learning, working and playing outdoors. Acadia and other national parks are vital landscapes for scientific study, exploration, and education, and provide opportunities for young people to engage with the outdoors in a meaningful way. [+]

Loyola Professors Will Use Technology to Teach Children About Audubon Park in New Orleans

By Elizabeth Heideman
The Times Picayune
August 13, 2014

Loyola Professors Will Use Technology to Teach Children About Audubon Park in New Orleans

Two science professors at New Orleans' Loyola University are developing an interactive children's iPad app that guides students through the city's prized Audubon Park, teaching them biology and environmental science concepts that apply to their surroundings. [+]

Getting out in Nature at the Sun Ray Library

By Kathy Lantry
Spotlight on St. Paul
July 30, 2014

Getting out in Nature at the Sun Ray Library

In partnership with Children & Nature Network, the Saint Paul Public Library and Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation, the Sun Ray Library will celebrate its grand opening this fall after a very unique renovation. This project will connect natural elements throughout the indoor and outdoor areas of the library. [+]

Picture Your Teacher In A National Park This Summer

By Allyson Gantt
South Dade NewsLeader
August 05, 2014

Picture Your Teacher In A National Park This Summer

South Florida's national parks Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program offers teachers new knowledge, skills, and appreciation for Florida's national parks as well as a variety of exciting hands-on experiences in the parks. TRT also helps the park form valuable partnerships with local educators while park staff enjoy the infusion of enthusiasm and fresh perspective these teachers bring.
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Utah Symphony to Perform in State’s 5 National Parks

By Ashton Goodell
FOX Salt Lake City
August 12, 2014

Utah Symphony to Perform in State’s 5 National Parks

The Utah Symphony is connecting music lovers with nature this month, touring Utah’s five national parks in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the national parks and the Utah Symphony’s 75th anniversary. The symphony will play at venues overlooking Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion.
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Napa RCD Connects Kids with Nature

By GUY CARL
Napa Valley Register
August 07, 2014

Napa RCD Connects Kids with Nature

LandSmart for Kids connects students with Napa Valley watersheds through hands-on activities. Last school year, more than 1,300 Napa County students got to go outside and make a positive impact on Napa County’s watersheds. The program will resume in the upcoming school year, and the RCD is now looking for new program sites where students can participate in restoration work.
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Children & Nature Network’s Family Nature Clubs in a New Spotlight with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

By Janice Swaisgood
Children & Nature Network
August 07, 2014

Children & Nature Network’s Family Nature Clubs in a New Spotlight with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

More than $200,000 in nature play grants have been awarded to 30 accredited zoos and aquariums as part of a new AZA Nature Play initiative designed to help them increase or enhance family-centered nature experiences and Family Nature Clubs in their communities. [+]

A Meadow Comes to Downtown Waltham

By Barbara Passero
Waltham News Tribune
August 05, 2014

A Meadow Comes to Downtown Waltham

Students are creating the very first man-made meadow in Waltham, Massachusets. Meadowscaping for Biodiversity, an outdoor, project-based, environmental education program for middle school youth, is part of Waltham's healing-the-environment-through-education program. [+]

Risky Play and Skinned Knees are Key to Healthy Child Development

By Andrea Gordon
Toronto Star
July 29, 2014

Risky Play and Skinned Knees are Key to Healthy Child Development

Kids at Green City Adventure Camp haul logs, stumps, bricks and sticks to make forts at the Brick Works. Being active in the outdoors may have risks but it's also part of learning and growing. [+]

Kids Name the Darnedest Animals

By Elizabeth Preston
Discover Magazine
August 05, 2014

Kids Name the Darnedest Animals

In this Argentinian study, urban, suburban and indigenous students each had their own unique understanding of nature. Given their lifestyles, the differences made sense, but researchers were surprised by how consistent those differences were. [+]

Benefits Abound for Outdoor Enthusiasts

By Jan Wiese-Fales
Columbia Daily Tribune
July 27, 2014

Benefits Abound for Outdoor Enthusiasts

A survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in May showed that younger adults reported spending less time outdoors than their elders, and adults age 55 were more likely to report spending time outside on a daily basis.
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Better Out Than In: Westgarth Bush Kindergarten Plunges Kids Back Into Nature

By Miki Perkins
The Age Victoria
July 26, 2014

Better Out Than In: Westgarth Bush Kindergarten Plunges Kids Back Into Nature

Westgarth, based on the European example of forest kindergartens, was established three years ago, but it’s a concept that has spread like wildfire; there are at least eight now in Melbourne and regional Victoria and that number is growing.
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Ohio 8-Year-Old Wins CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Contest

By CLIF Kid
July 29, 2014

Ohio 8-Year-Old Wins CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year Contest

CLIF Kid® announced the winning game of its fourth annual Backyard Game of the Year contest. This year's winning game, “Shadow Jumpers”, falls in the "Nature" play category and helps to inspire others to play outside in nature. [+]

Are Gadgets Ruining Family Time and Stopping Kids Playing Outside in the Summer Holidays?

By This is Local London
July 24, 2014

Are Gadgets Ruining Family Time and Stopping Kids Playing Outside in the Summer Holidays?

New research has painted a negative picture of how technology is affecting children’s love of the great outdoors. A quarter of Londoners polled say they wouldn’t even be able to get their family out of the house for a day in the fresh air without them being glued to their smartphones. [+]

Rx: 50 mg Nature, Ad Lib

By Laura Smith
Slate
July 25, 2014

Rx: 50 mg Nature, Ad Lib

Doctors are prescribing a walk in the park for conditions as wide-ranging as ADHD, high blood pressure, asthma, obesity, anxiety, diabetes, and depression. [+]

How Much Independence Should Children Have?

By Dr Frank Furedi
independent
July 30, 2014

How Much Independence Should Children Have?

In 2001, as adult supervision seemed to be extending into every aspect of children's lives, Frank Furedi wrote the seminal 'Paranoid Parenting'. Now, as a mother who let her nine-year-old go to the park alone is jailed for abandonment, he realises that the problem is far worse than even he imagined then. [+]

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants

By Association of Zoos and Aquariums
July 22, 2014

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced the recipients of 30 “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants. Supported through a special gift from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are being presented to accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education. [+]

Natural-terrain Schoolyards Reduce Children’s Stress, Says CU-Boulder Study

By University of Colorado Boulder
July 22, 2014

Natural-terrain Schoolyards Reduce Children’s Stress, Says CU-Boulder Study

Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation equipment reduces children’s stress and inattention, according to a University of Colorado Boulder study. Natural-terrain schoolyards -- with dirt, scrub oak and water features, for example -- foster supportive relationships and feelings of competence, the researchers found.

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